Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 2, 2015

“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality … To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles Chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now these were the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron:  the firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;  the second was Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelitess;  2 the third was Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;  the fourth was Adonijah the son of Haggith;  3 the fifth was Shephatiah, by Abital;  the sixth was Ithream, by his wife Eglah.  4 Six were born to him in Hebron, and there he reigned seven years and six months.  And in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years.  5 These were born to him in Jerusalem:  Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon, four, by Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel;  6 and Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet, 7 Nogah, Nepheg and Japhia, 8 Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet, nine.  9 All these were the sons of David, besides the sons of the concubines; and Tamar was their sister.

10 Now Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abijah was his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, 11 Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, 12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son, 13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, 14 Amon his son, Josiah his son.  15 The sons of Josiah were Johanan the firstborn, and the second was Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum.  16 The sons of Jehoiakim were Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.”  1 Chronicles 3:1-16.

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Solomon’s descendants in verses 10-16 are familiar to us.  They were the kings about whom we recently read in the prior two books of the Bible (1 Kings and 2 Kings).

And, we remember God’s promise and warning to King Solomon in the following Scripture.

“As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

“But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight.  So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.  And this house will become a heap of ruins;  everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’  And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them, therefore the Lord has brought all this adversity on them.’”  1 Kings 9:4-9.

And, we did indeed see the fulfillment of God’s warning in what happened to Israel (Judah) and the temple at the end of the book of 2 Kings.

Other doctrine would have us place our hope in man and the alleged freewill of man.  Just try harder!

But, Reformed Doctrine slams that door shut in the very beginning by its teaching of “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Our hope is not in our kings nor national leaders.

Our hope is in the “King of kings”, Jesus Christ:  “… He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see.  To Him be honor and eternal dominion!  Amen.”  1 Timothy 6:15-16.

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;  and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;  having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”  Colossians 2:9-15.


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